I was diagnosed in May 2013 and took MTX until the end of August when the hair loss became too severe. That was my only bad side-effect and it was a pity as MTX really worked well for my RA. I tried Sulphasalazine but this quickly lowered my white blood cell count (and made me feel very sick) so I had to stop it. Then I developed Polymyalgia Rheumatica in November and have been on Prednisolone since then and slowly reducing the dose. Unfortunately my RA is making a come-back now along with osteoarthritis pain in hands and neck, so I've agreed to give MTX another shot to try to get my arthritis under control. Just hoping the hair loss is not as bad this time round. Trying to keep positive. Angela.